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Iyana Vanzant to give advice for new OWN show at DC's Union Station on Jan. 12

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Washington, D.C.- What happens when you invite one of today's most celebrated spiritual teachers to offer free advice in a busy public place? Find out in "Help Desk," a new show hosted by Gotham Chopra, Deepak Chopra's son, as he sets up an outdoor desk with spiritual life coach Iyanla Vanzant this Sunday, January 12 in Washington D.C.'s Union Station for two sessions from 9:30am ET - 12:30pm ET and 2:15pm ET - 5:15pm ET. Come down to Union Station, East Hall for a once in a lifetime chance to get advice from Vanzant who will sit down with a few select passersby, on a first come, first serve basis only.' In "Help Desk," Vanzant brings her spiritual wisdom to the streets, offering life-changing answers to hard-hitting questions about relationships, health, and personal transformation. WHEN: Sunday, January 12 9:30am ET - 12:30pm ET 2:15pm ET - 5:15pm ET WHERE: Union Station, East Hall 50 Massachusetts Ave NE Washington, DC 20002 For more information on "Help Desk": http://www.oprah.com/packages/help-desk.html
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2014 NAACP Image Awards nominees

buzzz worthy. . . The “45TH NAACP IMAGE AWARDS” NOMINEES ANNOUNCED Two-Hour Special Airs Live on Saturday, February 22 on TV One at 9:00 p.m. ET (PT tape-delayed) One-Hour Pre-Show Airs Live from the Red Carpet at 8:00 p.m. ET (PT tape-delayed) BET and The Weinstein Company Lead the Nominees in the TV and Film Categories RCA Leads in the Recording Category PASADENA, CA (January 9, 2014) — The nominees for THE 45TH NAACP IMAGE AWARDS were announced today during a live press conference at the TV One presentation to the Television Critics Association during its Winter 2014 Press Tour in Pasadena, CA. David Oyelowo (“Lee Daniels’ ‘The Butler’”), Joe Morton (ABC’s “Scandal”), Keke Palmer (VH1’s “CrazySexyCool”), Bresha Webb (TV One’s “Love That Girl”) and Gina Torres (USA’s “Suits”) announced the categories and nominees with NAACP Image Awards Committee Chairman, Leonard James and President and CEO of TV One, Alfred Liggins. The NAACP Image Awards celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors. Winners will be voted upon by NAACP members and announced when the envelopes are opened on Friday, February 21 during the Awards Ceremony for non-televised categories. The remaining categories will be announced LIVE on stage during the two-hour star-studded TV One telecast on Saturday, February 22 (9:00 p.m. ET/PT tape-delayed). The telecast will also include a one-hour pre-show airing live from the red carpet (8:00 p.m. ET/PT tape-delayed). BET and CBS lead the nominees in the TV categories with 19 and 16 nominations respectively, followed by ABC with 15 nominations and HBO with 13 nominations. In the recording category, RCA leads with 10 nominations, followed by Atlantic Records with eight nominations and Columbia Pictures with seven nominations. In the motion picture category, The Weinstein Company leads with 17 nominations, followed by Fox Searchlight Pictures with seven nominations. “This has been an incredible year from the artistic community, with phenomenal contributions across the board from the music, television, motion picture, and literature genres that have the power and impact to drive social change,” stated Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP. “The NAACP Image Awards provides an excellent venue to recognize those who make a difference through art and activism, and we are excited to honor and celebrate this caliber of talent.” “The Image Awards recognize the best that communities of color have to offer and is an exciting addition to our programming line-up — TV One is pleased to showcase all of these achievements on our network,” stated Liggins. Founded in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. The organization’s half-million adult and youth members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities and monitor equal opportunity in the public and private sectors. The 45TH NAACP Image Awards are sponsored by: UAW–Chrysler, FedEx, AT&T, Hyundai Motor America, Gilead Sciences, Wells Fargo, Ford Motor Company, Pepsico and Southwest Airlines. Following is the list of categories and nominees for the 45TH NAACP Image Awards: TELEVISION Outstanding Comedy Series “House of Lies” (Showtime) “Modern Family” (ABC) “Real Husbands of Hollywood” (BET) “The Game” (BET) “The Soul Man” (TV Land) Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Andre Braugher – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (FOX) Cedric The Entertainer – “The Soul Man” (TV Land) Don Cheadle – “House of Lies” (Showtime) Dulé Hill – “Psych” (USA Network) Kevin Hart – “Real Husbands of Hollywood” (BET) Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Aisha Tyler – “Archer” (FX Networks) Mindy Kaling – “The Mindy Project” (FOX) Niecy Nash – “The Soul Man” (TV Land) Tasha Smith – “Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse” (OWN) Wendy Raquel Robinson – “The Game” (BET) Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Boris Kodjoe – “Real Husbands of Hollywood” (BET) Jerry “J B Smoove” Brooks – “Real Husbands of Hollywood” (BET) Morris Chestnut – “Nurse Jackie” (Showtime) Nick Cannon – “Real Husbands of Hollywood” (BET) Tracy Morgan – “30 Rock” (NBC) Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Anna Deavere Smith – “Nurse Jackie” (Showtime) Brandy Norwood – “The Game” (BET) Nia Long – “House of Lies” (Showtime) Rashida Jones – “Parks and Recreation” (NBC) Sofia Vergara – “Modern Family” (ABC) Outstanding Drama Series “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO) “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC) “Scandal” (ABC) “The Good Wife” (CBS) “Treme” (HBO) Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series James Pickens, Jr. – “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC) LL Cool J – “NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS) Michael Ealy – “Almost Human” (FOX) Shemar Moore – “Criminal Minds” (CBS) Wendell Pierce – “Treme” (HBO) Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Chandra Wilson – “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC) Kerry Washington – “Scandal” (ABC) Khandi Alexander – “Treme” (HBO) Nicole Beharie – “Sleepy Hollow” (FOX) Regina King – “SouthLAnd” (TNT) Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Columbus Short – “Scandal” (ABC) Guillermo Diaz – “Scandal” (ABC) Jeffrey Wright – “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO) Joe Morton – “Scandal” (ABC) Michael Kenneth Williams – “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO) Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Archie Panjabi – “The Good Wife” (CBS) Debbie Allen – “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC) Diahann Carroll – “White Collar” (USA) Taraji P. Henson – “Person of Interest” (CBS) Vanessa L. Williams – “666 Park Avenue” (ABC) Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special “Being Mary Jane” (BET) “Betty & Coretta” (Lifetime) “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story” (VH1) “Luther” (BBC America) “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” (HBO) Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special Chiwetel Ejiofor – “Dancing on the Edge” (Starz) Danny Glover – “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest (HBO) Idris Elba – “Luther” (BBC America) Malik Yoba – “Betty & Coretta” (Lifetime) Omari Hardwick – “Being Mary Jane” (BET) Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special Angela Bassett – “American Horror Story: Coven” (FX Networks) Angela Bassett – “Betty & Coretta” (Lifetime) Gabourey Sidibe – “American Horror Story: Coven” (FX Networks) Gabrielle Union – “Being Mary Jane” (BET) Keke Palmer – “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story” (VH1) Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series Aaron D. Spears – “The Bold and the Beautiful” (CBS) Kristoff St. John – “The Young and the Restless” (CBS) Lawrence Saint Victor – “The Bold and the Beautiful” (CBS) Redaric Williams – “The Young and the Restless” (CBS) Tequan Richmond – “General Hospital” (ABC) Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series Angell Conwell – “The Young and the Restless” (CBS) Christel Khalil – “The Young and the Restless” (CBS) Karla Mosley – “The Bold and the Beautiful” (CBS) Kristolyn Lloyd – “The Bold and the Beautiful” (CBS) Tatyana Ali – “The Young and the Restless” (CBS) Outstanding News/ Information – (Series or Special) “Justice for Trayvon” (BET) “Mandela: Freedom’s Father” (BET) “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” (OWN) “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” (PBS) “Unsung” (TV One) Outstanding Talk Series “Oprah’s Lifeclass” (OWN) “Oprah’s Next Chapter” (OWN) “Steve Harvey” (Syndicated) “The Arsenio Hall Show” (Syndicated) “The Queen Latifah Show” (Syndicated) Outstanding Reality Series “Iyanla: Fix My Life” (OWN) “Shark Tank” (ABC) “Sunday Best” (BET) “The Voice” (NBC) “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” (OWN) Outstanding Variety Series or Special “12 Years A Slave: A TV One Special with Cathy Hughes” (TV One) “Black Girls Rock!” (BET) “Key & Peele” (Comedy Central) “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth” (HBO) “Oprah’s Master Class” (OWN) Outstanding Children’s Program “2013 HALO Awards” (Nickelodeon/TeenNick) “A.N.T. Farm” (Disney Channel) “Dora the Explorer” (Nickelodeon) “Postcards: Mandela” (The Africa Channel) “Wynton Marsalis: A YoungArts MasterClass” (HBO) Outstanding Performance in a Youth/ Children’s Program – (Series or Special) China Anne McClain – “A.N.T. Farm” (Disney Channel) Eric I. Keyes, III – “Live Life and Win!” (Syndicated) Fatima Ptacek – “Dora the Explorer” (Nickelodeon) Karan Brar – “Jessie” (Disney Channel) Zendaya – “Shake It Up” (Disney Channel) RECORDING Outstanding New Artist Ariana Grande (Republic Records) Candice Glover (19 Recordings/Interscope Records) K. Michelle (Atlantic Records) RaVaughn Brown (Columbia Records) Zendaya (Hollywood Records) Outstanding Male Artist Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records) Charlie Wilson (RCA Records) John Legend (Columbia Records) Justin Timberlake (RCA Records) Robin Thicke (Star Trak/Interscope) Outstanding Female Artist Beyoncé (Columbia Records) India.Arie (Motown Records) Janelle Monáe (Bad Boy/Atlantic) Ledisi (Verve Records) Mary J Blige (Verve Records/Interscope) Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration “#Beautiful” – Mariah Carey feat. Miguel (Island Def Jam) “Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke feat. T.I. & Pharrell (Star Trak/Interscope) “Fire We Make” – Alicia Keys feat. Maxwell (RCA Records) “Hurt You” – Toni Braxton feat. Babyface (Motown Records) “Suit & Tie” – Justin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z (RCA Records) Outstanding Jazz Album “Summer Horns” – Dave Koz, Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair, Richard Elliot (Concord Records) “The Beat” – Boney James (Concord Records) “The Messenger” – Kevin Eubanks (Mack Avenue Records) “The Morning After: A Musical Love Journey” – Najee (Shanachie) “The Songs of Stevie Wonder” – SFJAZZ Collective (SFJAZZ Records) Outstanding Gospel Album – (Traditional or Contemporary) “20 Year Celebration Volume 1 – Best For Last” – Donald Lawrence (Quietwater Entertainment/eOne Music) “Azusa: The Next Generation” – Hezekiah Walker (RCA Inspiration) “Best Days Deluxe Edition” – Tamela Mann (Tillymann Music) “Good God” – Shirley Caesar (eOne Music) “Music From the Motion Picture Black Nativity” – Various (RCA Inspiration) Outstanding World Music Album “Coming from a Lady” – Lady Ele (13 Black Records) “Live At The Royal Albert Hall” – Emeli Sande (Capitol) “Natalie Cole en Español” – Natalie Cole (Verve Records) “Sing To The Moon” – Laura Mvula (Columbia Records) “The Standards” – Gloria Estefan (Masterworks) Outstanding Music Video “Cocoa Butter” – India.Arie (Motown Records) “Fire We Make” – Alicia Keys feat. Maxwell (RCA Records) “Made To Love” – John Legend (Columbia Records) “Q.U.E.E.N.” – Janelle Monáe feat. Erykah Badu (Bad Boy/Atlantic) “Treasure” – Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records) Outstanding Song “All Of Me” – John Legend (Columbia Records) “Blurred Lines ” – Robin Thicke feat. T.I. & Pharrell (Star Trak/Interscope) “Fire We Make” – Alicia Keys feat. Maxwell (RCA Records) “Q.U.E.E.N.” – Janelle Monáe feat. Erykah Badu (Bad Boy/Atlantic) “Treasure” – Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records) Outstanding Album “20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience” – Justin Timberlake (RCA Records) “Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke (Star Trak/Interscope) “Love In The Future” – John Legend (Columbia Records) “Love, Charlie” – Charlie Wilson (RCA Records) “The Electric Lady” – Janelle Monáe (Bad Boy/Atlantic)
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Stellars announce perfomers and contest for emerging artist to attend live show

buzzz worthy. . . The 29th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards has announced the lineup for Gospel music's biggest night. Mary Mary's Erica Campbell, Shirley Caesar, Donald Lawrence, Hezekiah Walker, Isaac Carree, Tasha Cobbs, Ricky Dillard, VaShawn Mitchell, Lexi, Anthony Brown & Group TherAPy and Jonathan McReynolds are the early notable names set to grace the stage. A hallmark of the Stellar Awards telecast has become the powerful, stirring artist collaborations brought together by the show's producers -- this year, The Canton Spirituals, The Gospel Legends and The Wardlaw Brothers will team for the Quartet Collaboration; while Erica Campbell joins Jekalyn Carr, Latice Crawford and Lexi for the Female Collaboration. The Male Collaboration will feature Jonathan McReynolds, Jonathan Nelson, Vashawn Mitchell and Zacardi Cortez. Kirk Franklin will perform a special tribute to the late Nelson Mandela and Ricky Dillard is set to close the show. As previously announced, the 29th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards Show is hosted by "The View's" Sherri Shepherd and "Dish Nation's" breakout star Rickey Smiley, who bring impeccable comedic timing and expertise as daily talk show hosts to the role. For the second time in as many years, the Stellar Awards will air live in primetime on the UP Television Network from its new home at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 7 p.m. EST/6 p.m. CST/4 p.m. PST. The Stellar Awards will air in national broadcast syndication in over 200 television markets from January 25 - March 22. The red carpet hosted by Tye Tribbett will air online prior to the telecast covering the glitz and glamour of the celebrity arrivals. In addition to a new location, the show has launched a new online contest, the "Take Me to the Stellar Awards Emerging Artist Competition." Via a free downloadable app, aspiring singers and songwriters are invited to submit material to compete for a chance to win a trip to The Stellar Awards, walk the red carpet and to perform their winning entry live at an event during the awards weekend. The entry fee is $8.99 and entries must be received by January 10, 2014. For more information on the competition visit: http://www.takemetothestellarawards.com. An annual highlight of the Stellar Awards is the acknowledgement of special honorees, which this year include Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, who will receive the Thomas A. Dorsey Notable Achievement Award for her career accomplishments working on Capitol Hill and Hezekiah Walker will be honored with the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the Gospel music industry. Reverend Maceo Woods will receive the Chevrolet Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Legends Award, presented by its name sake. "I am excited about the line up for this year's show, which features performances by artists whose songs charted in the top 25 throughout the year," said Don Jackson executive producer of the show. "I am especially pleased that our 29th annual Stellar Awards will serve as the launch pad for the first ever publication for the show, the 'Stellars.' The first issue is a souvenir Collector's Edition of behind the scene and backstage historic photos; celebrity gospel music performers, and the official 2014 Stellar nominees," Jackson added. "I want to thank the over 35,000 fans who voted for our 2014 Stellar nominees, a phenomenal 30% increase over last year's fan voting, and a testament to the growth and popularity of gospel Music." Additional Stellar Awards presenters include Sheryl Lee Ralph, Kirk Franklin, Kelly Price, David & Tamela Mann, Tye Tribbett, Marvin Sapp, Donnie McClurkin, Kierra Sheard and more. Prior to the Stellar Awards broadcast,The Stellar Gospel Music Awards Pre-Show will be held on Friday, January 17, 2014 at the Andrew Jackson Hall to announce winners of the non-televised awards categories. Tickets for this event are $10.00 for Sagma members and $12.50 for non-Sagma members, and can be purchased at tpac.org. The event will be hosted by Richard Smallwood and Michelle Williams, with performances by Earnest Pugh, Anita Wilson, Beverly Crawford and Kevin Vasser to name a few. Additionally, The Stellar Awards Gospel Radio Award & Showcase will be held the morning of January 18 to honor the top radio stations serving Gospel music audiences. The cast of Bravo's hit docu-series "Thicker Than Water" will host the showcase. Ben, Jewel and the entire Tankard clan will be on-hand to help kick-off the Stellar Awards. Announced in December, Anthony Brown & Group TherAPy earned eight nominations for their freshman effort, "Testimony." Nominations include "Song of the Year," "Contemporary Group/Duo of the Year," and "Contemporary CD of the Year." Joining them at the top of the nominee list, Tye Tribbett's "Greater Than" tied "Testimony" for the most recognition with eight nominations for "Artist of the Year," "Male Vocalist of the Year," "CD of the Year," "Producer of the Year," "Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year," "Contemporary CD of the Year," "Urban/ Inspirational Single or Performance of the Year," and "Praise and Worship CD of the Year." Other artists to receive multiple nominations include Tamela Mann and Tasha Cobbs with seven nominations each and going head-to-head in the hotly-contested "Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year" and "CD of the Year" categories; gospel great Fred Hammond United Tenors with six nominations, including "Contemporary CD of the Year" and "Group/Duo of the Year"; and also vying for "Group/Duo of the Year" honors, contender John P. Kee & New Life receives four additional nods for the CD "Life of Favor."
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Urban Network Summit 2014 announced

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*Los Angeles/San Diego – We’re Back! “Back to Basics: The Music & Entertainment Summit 2014,” the ultimate networking event for the music-entertainment industry, is coming May 1-4, 2014, to the San Diego Conference Center of the Four Points by Sheraton, 8110 Aero Drive, San Diego, California 92123. The event places attendees alongside the most experienced and influential executives in R&B/Hip-Hop/Pop, Contemporary Gospel, Radio & Mix Show DJs, Social Media, the Digital Technology Realm, Music Songwriting & Production, Marketing & Branding, Urban Lifestyle, the Indie-Entrepreneurial Arena, and more. Early Bird Registration is $100 for the entire Summit. Hotel guest rooms are $139 per night. Many in the music industry have great memories of the numerous Urban Network Conferences that took place throughout the 90s and first decade of the 2000s in locations such as Palm Springs, and Orange Country, California. Key producers from those events have reunited to coordinate the spring-time Summit. They are Arthur Mitchell, President, Urban Network Digital; David Mitchell, Publisher, Amalgamation Magazine; Tosha Y. Thomas, Founder, the Car Diva.net; Harold Whaley, Program Director, Urban Network Radio; and Urban Network Gospel Editor Lin Woods, Gospel Music Day Coordinator. This year’s Summit Co-Chairs are former Urban Network President Miller London, who will act as a consultant for the event; San Diego’s very own DJ Bille Knight; and longtime record executive Troy Marshall. Mr. London, a former Vice President of Motown Records, and one-time President of Black Music at A&M Records, will be honored for his more than 40 years of service to the music business. Both Mr. Knight and Mr. Marshall will bring expertise, along with their network of DJs and industry relationships to the Summit. More Co-Chairs will be announced in the weeks ahead. An elite group of industry executives have signed on as part of the Summit’s Business Development Team. They include Robert (Leo) Rodgers, MBA, Sr. VP & Label Liaison, Bungalo Records/Universal Music Group Distribution; John Patillo, FUNN Networks/5150 Media; Tayari Howard, Owner, KKSDJazz.com; Life Griffith, Global Position Solutions; DJ Artistic/Arthur Mitchell III, President, Mitchell Media; Lupe Rose, CEO, Indee Corp/Social Media TV Network; Leonard Thompson, CEO, M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records; and Allen Johnston, Industry Consultant, the Music Specialist. Executive panelists are starting to come on board, and sponsorship opportunities are still available. The Summit will also be an opportunity for recording artists, producers, and songwriters to display their talents through various scheduled showcases, through the A&R resource Be Seen & Be Heard, and branding platforms like the Summit mix tape/CDs and online streaming. So mark your calendar for the ultimate music-entertainment networking and talent showcasing event. For Sponsorship or Press Inquiries: Arthur Mitchell 480 823-0522 / info@urbannetworkdigital.com David Mitchell 424.227.8046 / davidm@amalgamationmag.com Visit the following links for schedule, panelists, sponsorship info, etc.: http://www.amalgamationmag.com/website/category /summit/ www.urbannetworkdigital.com Register at the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/urban-network-digital-amalgamation-mag-music-entertainment-summit-tickets-9873128794
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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Kari Jobe announces 2014 tour

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Grammy award winning worship leader Kari Jobe has announced dates for the upcoming "Majestic Tour." The name of the tour coincides with the title of her third album, "Majestic," which was recorded live at the Majestic Theater in her hometown Dallas, TX last fall. The tour kicks off on February 27 in Minneapolis, MN. The Rend Collective join Jobe on the ticket. Majestic co-writers include Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Reuben Morgan, Brian Johnson, Jason Ingram, Paul Baloche, her band mates along with a few others. These songs are new anthems of worship and very congregational. "I wrote for this album for a solid two years and was able to co-write with some friends who absolutely have a heart to write for Church,” states Jobe. “I am very excited for these new songs. And I am really looking forward to the Majestic tour with Rend Collective. We are going to just have a crazy good time in God's presence and worshipping Him together." The "Majestic" album will be released on March 25. Kari Jobe's Majestic Tour Dates 2/27/2014 Minneapolis, MN Grace Church 2/28/2014 Chicago, IL Rosemont Theatre 3/2/2014 Toronto, ON Attwell Center at Catch the Fire Toronto 3/4/2014 Woodbridge, VA Hylton Memorial Chapel 3/6/2014 Boston, MA House of Blues 3/7/2014 New York City, NY Best Buy Theater 3/9/2014 Cleveland, OH Lakewood Civic Auditorium 3/11/2014 Memphis, TN First Assembly of God 3/13/2014 Birmingham, AL Gardendale First Baptist Church 3/14/2014 Atlanta, GA Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church 3/15/2014 Orlando, FL House of Blues 3/16/2014 Miami, FL The Fillmore - Jackie Gleason Theater -Mona Austin
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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Gabby Douglas biopic and Trip to Bountiful movie come to Lifetime for Black History month

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Lifetime has announced it will air two original movies in celebration of Black History Month this February. The first will be a biopic about the life of two-time Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas in "The Gabby Douglas Story." Imani Hakim (Everybody Hates Chris, Love Reign Over Me) and Sydney Mikayla (Whitney) have been cast to share the role. The real-life Gabby Douglas will appear in the film, which also stars Peabody Award-winning actress Regina King (Southland, Ray) and Golden Globe® and Emmy®-winner S. Epatha Merkerson (Law & Order). Filmed in Canada, "The Gabby Douglas Story" airs on Saturday, February 1 at 8 PM ET/PT. Also, Lifetime is inviting schools across the country to take the Gabby Douglas Raise the Bar Pledge for a chance to win $10,000. Students can participate by submitting pledges to raise the bar in their own lives. See official rules at www.raisethebarpledge.com. Here's more from the press release. . . ABOUT THE GABBY DOUGLAS STORY A prodigy from a very young age, Gabby Douglas originally made her mark on the world of competitive gymnastics at age eight. She won numerous state championship titles in her age group throughout her early competitive career. While her star was fast rising in the arena, Gabby and her family faced economic challenges at home and she made the difficult decision to leave her mother Natalie (King), three siblings and grandmother (Merkerson) in Virginia Beach and move to Des Moines, Iowa, to train with renowned coach Liang Chow (Brian Tee, The Wolverine) to pursue her dream of Olympic glory. Buoyed by her early success, dedication and unyielding love from her family, Gabby made it onto the 2012 U.S. Women's Gymnastics team, setting the stage for triumph shortly thereafter at the London Olympic Games. Her sacrifice and perseverance were triumphantly rewarded with Team Competition and Individual All-Around gold medals, placing Gabby and her teammates - known as "The Fierce Five" -- among the world's all-time greats in gymnastics. The Gabby Douglas Story is produced by Sony Pictures Television in association with Braun Entertainment. Zev Braun and Philip Krupp (A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story) serve as executive producers, with David Rosemont (Bonnie & Clyde) producing. Gregg Champion (The Cowboy Way, Amish Grace) directs from a script written by Maria Nation (The Two Mr. Kissels).
Toward the end of the month the network will air another original movie, "The Trip to Bountiful." Occurring toward the end of the Jim Crow Era, the inspiring story of one woman’s quest to reconnect with her past in order to ensure her family’s future. The television adaptation of the Tony nominated play was filmed in Atlanta, GA. The film stars original cast members Cicely Tyson (The Help) and Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty), who are joined by Blair Underwood (In Treatment) alongside Keke Palmer (CrazySexyCool). ABOUT THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL In The Trip to Bountiful, Carrie Watts (Tyson, who was awarded with a Tony for her role in the Broadway revival), begrudgingly lives with her busy, overprotective son, Ludie (Underwood) and pretentious daughter-in-law, Jessie Mae (Williams). No longer able to drive and forbidden to travel alone, she wishes for freedom from the confines of the house and begs her son to take her on a visit to her hometown of Bountiful. When he refuses, Mrs. Watts is undeterred and makes an escape to the local bus station, where she befriends Thelma (Palmer), a young woman traveling home. When Ludie and Jessie Mae discover she is gone, they call in law enforcement to help, but Mrs. Watts is one step ahead of them and convinces the local sheriff to help her on her journey home to Bountiful. Produced by Ostar Productions, The Trip to Bountiful is executive produced by Bill Haber (Rizzoli & Isles), Cicely Tyson, Hallie Foote and Jeff Hayes (A Day Late and a Dollar Short).
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James Fortune's first Live album to be released in February

buzzz worthy. . . James Fortune & FIYA: Live Through It (FIYA World Music/Entertainment One Music) 2-Disc Live Album Release: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 Featuring Top 10 Hit Lead Single “Live Through It,” Album Includes Guest Appearances from Tasha Cobbs, Zacardi Cortez, Israel Houghton, Isaac Carree, Alexis Spight and Da’ T.R.U.T.H. NASHVILLE, TN (January 8, 2014) – Award-winning Gospel star, songwriter, producer and nationally-syndicated radio host James Fortune will release the first-ever live new album from Fortune & FIYA, Live Through It, on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014. Bringing alive a powerful night of inspiring music and ministry, the highly-anticipated new album features 20 tracks on a two-disc set, with guest appearances from Tasha Cobbs, Zacardi Cortez, Israel Houghton, Isaac Carree, Alexis Spight, and Da’ T.R.U.T.H. Following on the #1 album Identity, which topped the Gospel, Christian and Independent Albums charts – Fortune & FIYA’s fourth new album Live Through It includes the Top 10 Billboard Gospel hit “Live Through It” – which has garnered praise for its rousing declaration of triumph over obstacles through faith, climbing the singles chart and giving fans an early taste of the eagerly-anticipated album. Showcasing their first-ever live album recording, captured in a packed evening of performances this past September in Atlanta, Live Through It is a captivating mix of 20 tracks that empower listeners’ spirits and faith, with other songs including “Best Praise,” “We Give You Glory” (feat. Tasha Cobbs), “Let Your Power Fall” (feat. Zacardi Cortez), “Light the Way (feat. Israel Houghton), “Empty Me” (feat. Isaac Carree), “All For Me” (feat. Alexis Spight), “Built For This” (feat. Da’ T.R.U.T.H.), “Forever,” “Miracles,” and more. Says Fortune, “I am excited to be releasing my first live CD, which was recorded in Atlanta, GA at Word of Faith Church with over 5,000 in attendance. The vision for this live album was to be able to present songs of praise that could be sung in churches all over the world to bring glory to God. I am truly grateful to have been able to work with some of the most gifted and anointed singers and musicians in the world for this recording. This was truly an unforgettable night of worship that is sure to touch millions all over the world.” Renowned for their live performances, Live Through It brings together the vibrant ministry and memorable melodies of James Fortune & FIYA’s acclaimed talents, creating a new set of unforgettable hit songs that continue to drive the sounds and messages of Gospel today. James Fortune can also be heard continuing to hit the airwaves nightly, hosting his nationally-syndicated radio show “The James Fortune Show,” on-air weeknights from 6-10 pm CST.
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Guitarist William Tolson Emerges As Gospel Vocalist On New Sunday Morning Single, “It’s My Prayer”

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Washington, DC) – January 7, 2014 - Back in the day, the saints would say, “I just want to make it in”. Gospel vocalist William Tolson takes us back to that time with his latest release, “It’s My Prayer”. Flaunting that good old time Gospel sound, the up-tempo church jam talks of “making it in” and “a place He’s prepared for me”. Recognized as the 1st Place Winner at Luther Barnes’ 12th Annual North Carolina Fall Gospel Classic, along with his choir AFC Voices of Praise, and seen on Great American Gospel TV, William Tolson has been inspiring people with his music for years. Now Gospel music fans are sitting up and taking notice of the talented musician with the new single, “It’s My Prayer”. The song is the brand new release from Tolson’s upcoming 2014 CD. “It’s My Prayer”, written by the instrumentalist himself, is the artist’s first major release. Primarily known as a guitarist, Tolson is a songwriter, too. Already becoming one of his most requested songs, initially “It’s My Prayer” was written for someone else. “When I wrote the song, it was for another person,” recounts W. “But when my producer got a hold of the song, he said, ‘William, you need to sing this song.’” Even though William felt more comfortable playing the chords for the track than singing it, he decided to give it a shot and ultimately recorded the song. It’s traditional Gospel music at its best and transports the listener to simpler days. The song has experienced favor with radio, already breaking the Top 100 on the BDS Gospel chart. Known for his exquisite guitar work, Tolson has released six previous albums. Half of the projects are instrumental, displaying his exceptional guitar skills, and the other half are choir releases, highlighting William’s forte for directing choirs. The choir CDs, Bring A Praise, which features the AFC Voices of Praise, and Lord We Praise You, showcasing the AFC Mass Choir, include songs composed by Tolson. In 2010, the AFC Voices were 2nd Place Winners of RT Productions 1st Annual Workshop and New Artist Showcase. They have also graced the stage on Bobby Jones Presents on the WORD Network. Little William picked up the guitar at age 10 and never put it down. After playing came singing in various church choirs and groups. Locally, he was known as a member of the Harmonizing Five, a men’s quartet-styled group. Singing eventually morphed into directing and before he knew it, he was leading his church’s Young Adult Choir. Currently, he’s the Minister of Music at that same church. Outside the walls of the church, Tolson gives back to the community by performing for the homeless, giving benefit concerts for cancer victims and organizing hunger fundraisers. When it comes down to it, William has one goal for his music ministry. “After people hear my record, I want them to have hope. I want them to understand that we can all make it in,” he shares. For more information on William Tolson, log on to www.williamtolson.com. Connect with William on Facebook and Twitter (@WilliamTolson). ###
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Statement by the President on the 50th Anniversary of the War on Poverty

buzzz worthy. . . As Americans, we believe that everyone who works hard deserves a chance at opportunity, and that all our citizens deserve some basic measure of security. And so, 50 years ago, President Johnson declared a War on Poverty to help each and every American fulfill his or her basic hopes. We created new avenues of opportunity through jobs and education, expanded access to health care for seniors, the poor, and Americans with disabilities, and helped working families make ends meet. Without Social Security, nearly half of seniors would be living in poverty. Today, fewer than one in seven do. Before Medicare, only half of seniors had some form of health insurance. Today, virtually all do. And because we expanded pro-work and pro-family programs like the Earned Income Tax Credit, a recent study found that the poverty rate has fallen by nearly 40% since the 1960s, and kept millions from falling into poverty during the Great Recession. These endeavors didn’t just make us a better country. They reaffirmed that we are a great country. They lived up to our best hopes as a people who value the dignity and potential of every human being. But as every American knows, our work is far from over. In the richest nation on Earth, far too many children are still born into poverty, far too few have a fair shot to escape it, and Americans of all races and backgrounds experience wages and incomes that aren’t rising, making it harder to share in the opportunities a growing economy provides. That does not mean, as some suggest, abandoning the War on Poverty. In fact, if we hadn’t declared “unconditional war on poverty in America,” millions more Americans would be living in poverty today. Instead, it means we must redouble our efforts to make sure our economy works for every working American. It means helping our businesses create new jobs with stronger wages and benefits, expanding access to education and health care, rebuilding those communities on the outskirts of hope, and constructing new ladders of opportunity for our people to climb. We are a country that keeps the promises we’ve made. And in a 21st century economy, we will make sure that as America grows stronger, this recovery leaves no one behind. Because for all that has changed in the 50 years since President Johnson dedicated us to this economic and moral mission, one constant of our character has not: we are one nation and one people, and we rise or fall together. ###
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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Haves and The Have Nots and Love Thy Neighbor return to OWN

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Los Angeles, CA - OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network's popular scripted series, from Tyler Perry, "The Haves and the Have Nots" and "Love Thy Neighbor" will return to the network's primetime lineup this week.
  
"The Haves and the Have Nots" heats up this winter after its cliffhanger fall finale garnered a series high 2.6 million viewers, making it one of the most watched episodes in network history.  On Tuesday, January 7 (9-10 p.m.) the Cryer family is back with even more scandals, lies and deceit as judge Jim Cryer (John Schneider) mounts a campaign for governor despite escalating family problems and the vengeful actions of his former mistress Candace Young (Tika Sumpter). 

Tyler Perry's comedy "Love Thy Neighbor," which garnered a series average 1 million viewers, returns to the primetime lineup on Wednesday, January 8 with two half-hour episodes back-to-back at 9 and 9:30 p.m. and features even more hilarious hijinks from Mama Hattie (Patrice Lovely) and the gang at The Love Train Diner.
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Ernest Pugh teams up with Rance Allen on his latest single

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Gospel Music’s Leading Man Earnest Pugh is continuing to lead a new generation of gospel artists with his latest #1 CD “The W.I.N. (Worship In Nassau) Experience” that has already produced two big radio hits with “More of You” and “I Believe You Most.” Now, the soul-stirring crooner is kicking the new year off with a third radio single from the project – a spine-tingling remake of The Clark Sisters’ 1976 gem “I Can Do All Things Through Christ.” Re-titled as “All Things Through Christ,” Pugh is joined by gospel music legend Bishop Rance Allen for a blood-curdling exchange of vocal licks, faith and inspiring exhortation.

“The enemy works overtime reminding us of what we cannot accomplish in life but it’s time to stand up and boldly declare that God has empowered us to endure and overcome anything standing in the way of our destiny,” Pugh says. “All Things Through  Christ puts things in perspective for the believer. This song is a reminder that no matter what struggle, obstacle or trial we face in life, we can stand on the warranty and authority of Philippians 4:13 where it says: We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.” Preview: https://soundcloud.com/earnest-pugh/all-things-through-christ

The song was written by Twinkie Clark and featured on the Clark Sisters’ 1976 LP “Unworthy.” Pugh’s version was recorded live in the Bahamas by Grammy Award winning producer Cedric Thompson and boasts rousing backing vocals by EPM Music Group recording artist, Vincent Tharpe & Kenosis. “This song is near and dear to me because as a child I was inspired by Dr. Mattie Moss Clark during Convocation Choir Workshops and it was also one of the first solos I ever sang in concert back then,” Pugh adds.


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